New CEO for HarperCollins India
HarperCollins Publishers has announced that Ananth Padmanabhan has been named CEO of HarperCollins India, with overall responsibility for all divisions of the business. Padmanabhan will be joining from Penguin Random House (PRH) where he was senior vice president of sales and will report to Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK. Ananth has 20 years of publishing experience. Whilst at PRH he served on the management executive and was responsible for sales, local acquisition and publishing strategy and local digital strategy. Ananth will take up the position at the beginning of October following the departure of outgoing CEO PM Sukumar at the end of September.
Responsibility for the day to day running of the Collins India education business remains with Krishna Naroor, who will continue to report to Colin Hughes, managing director of Collins Learning, based in London. Krishna will work with Colin Hughes and Ananth to define strategy and drive growth in this rapidly developing schools publishing business.
HarperCollins also announced the formation of a new HarperCollins India Board. The Board will include Charlie Redmayne, CEO. HarperCollins UK (HCUK); Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, HarperCollins India (HCI); Colin Hughes, MD, Collins Learning; Ed Kielbasiewicz, finance director, HCUK; Alex Beecroft, corporate development director, HCUK and Amit Abrol, finance director, HCI. As an MD of Collins India, Krishna Naroor will also join the Board.